No match for an axe, or a paparazzo: Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Tuesday night in Double Bay. Mr and Mrs Goldsmith (referred to as Ms Robb on documents) — the daughter of former trade minister Andrew Robb — will remain as managers of the Boathouse … The Boathouse, established in 2008 by Pip and Andrew Goldsmith, began with our Palm Beach, Sydney café. I am looking around at new ventures. The Boathouse Hotel at Patonga is the couple's latest venture. Andrew Goldsmith, owner of the popular, multimillion-dollar hospitality empire The Boathouse Group, was due to appear last week in Federal Court … But now Andrew Goldsmith says he's learnt his lesson and intends to prove his doubters wrong. Refurbishment works were under way at the new Boathouse site in Rose Bay this week. Humbled: Andrew Goldsmith at the new Boathouse site in Rose Bay on Thursday. Neil Perry (left) and Rockpool Dining Group chief executive Thomas Pash.Credit:Wolter Peeters. So what does the future hold for them? However, not all of those "burnt" suppliers are convinced. We’ve had very successful men here who’ve said, ‘I’ve never dealt with this, but what Andrew has done has made me talk about it.’”. The Boathouse is a group of unique and iconic hospitality venues located at beautiful waterside locations. “I remember Dad standing up in parliament. The new owners formed the Palm Group, which took over the leases of the premises, the goodwill, and the responsibility to pay wages, along with eventually paying more than $1 million owed in staff superannuation. Charmed: The late novelist Colleen McCullough. An entrepreneurial couple who built a hospitality empire — which covered North … The original Boathouse in Palm Beach opened in November 2008.Credit:James Brickwood. “They overreached and there are consequences for that, even if the rest of the business is in good shape,” Robb said. They met in 2007 in circumstances Robb is embarrassed to talk about. Pip And Andrew Goldsmith opened their trendsetting café The Boathouse in Palm Beach in 2008. Princeton, New Jersey. “In the early days, the ones ordering the $39 bottle of prosecco and asking for a discount on their meals were the ones with the $5 million Palmie houses,” Goldsmith recalls. Picture: Adam Yip Picture: Adam Yip THEY might have a stable of hugely successful restaurants and events business under their Boathouse banner, but Andrew and Pip Goldsmith still love the simple life. The Group has expanded to now consist of 8 venues. The couple sold their $4 million Palm Beach home to fund the Barrenjoey House expansion, and today are renting in the exclusive beachside enclave. “It’s very difficult, it’s unfortunate, but it’s just business.”. Refurbishment works were under way at the new Boathouse site in Rose Bay this week.Credit:Andrew Hornery, "The business fell over when the banks went cold midway through a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of The Patonga Hotel at a time when we were heading into winter and our trade naturally slows down. It quickly became one of the most successful and fashionable destinations on the northern beaches. As usual, the deck overlooking Pittwater is a cacophony of breakfast chatter. Work of art: Cate Blanchett in Venice last year.Credit:Getty, "I've seen the plans, it's pretty modest," one told PS, while another added: "She has a great art collection but she keeps it in her home, not out in the shed!". Andrew Goldsmith and Pip Robb at their original Palm House venue. We have an outstanding team … However, it’s reported rising … They soon found they were incompatible workmates. As he left, Durack looked back “at the frangipani trees, the splendidly restored homestead, and the linen-clad diners eating oysters and lobster flatbread” and asked if it was all a “mirage, a theatrical Baz Luhrmann fantasy of Sydney in summer”. Then we met at the pub up the road, and we felt more confident after a few drinks.”. Meanwhile, news that fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman was replacing Blanchett in an upcoming film about the late comedic legend Lucille Ball has also confounded many in showbiz, who remain unsure if glamorous Kidman – who has been enjoying a well-deserved career resurgence and was spotted with husband Keith Urban at Thursday night's Merry Widow performance – is as good a fit for the kooky role as gritty Blanchett, long considered an actor's actor. The family had gone through a much more painful time in 2009, when Andrew Robb announced he was stepping down for three months to address a form of depression. Their landlord wanted it to be a restaurant, but as Robb points out “there’s virtually no kitchen and one loo for each sex”. Pip Robb and Andrew Goldsmith squirm each time they are referred to in the media as “the Northern Beaches power couple”. In 2016, Perry sold the Rockpool Group, which then encompassed 47 venues, to the Urban Purveyor Group for $60 million. Andrew Hornery is a senior journalist and Private Sydney columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald. It's a disgrace.". “Some of our most creative stuff comes when we bang heads,” Robb says. “Everyone knows now that if we’re doing creative stuff, they should go because we’ll battle it out.”. PS also hears the Blooms have already seen the Glendyn Ivin-directed film and have given it a hearty thumbs up. We both want to be the boss”. Andrew and Pip Goldsmith started The Boathouse Palm Beach in 2008, then grew their restaurant portfolio by adding venues in Balmoral, Manly’s Shelley Beach, Whale Beach, the Barrenjoey Hotel and the Boathouse Hotel Patonga. I felt we had no choice but to keep going. The Boathouse, established in 2008 by Pip and Andrew Goldsmith, began with our Palm Beach, Sydney café. “It was actually a relief. He's the hospitality wunderkind behind Sydney's Boathouse empire, which made headlines nearly two years ago when it crashed and burned, owing more than 500 creditors a staggering $21.5 million. Rockpool Dining Group now encompasses more than 80 restaurants, a diverse portfolio that includes Japanese restaurants Sake, the Munich Brauhaus, and Burger Project. The Boathouse, established in 2008 by Pip and Andrew Goldsmith, began with our Palm Beach, Sydney café. See Photos: Andrew Goldsmith. I suggested they could take some off my bum to make up for it!" “Pip worked for me twice at the deli.” Goldsmith says. Credit: Andrew Hornery. Lucio Galletto at his Paddington restaurant.Credit:Louie Douvis. The Group has expanded to now consist of 8 venues, and is operated by Heath Bambridge, one of the earliest members of the Boathouse team. Their Boathouse Group includes signature venues in Balmoral, Manly’s Shelley Beach, Whale Beach and the first of what will probably be many ventures outside Sydney’s Northern Beaches - the Boathouse Hotel Patonga on the Central Coast, a 20-minute ferry ride from Palm Beach wharf. "Look, I'm 64, but you're right, the business will always be in my blood. Jonathan Chancellor. Its two levels offer the same beach-themed, signature relaxed and stylish destination the couple has become famous for. Humbled: Andrew Goldsmith at the new Boathouse site in Rose Bay on Thursday. Charmed: The late novelist Colleen McCullough.Credit:Danielle Smith. 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